The Data Story

We analyze public data to better understand the system’s impact on New Orleans student performance.

Enrollment

Public charter schools serve 9 in 10 New Orleans students—in effect, they are “the school system” in our city.

Enrollment

Student Performance

Overall performance has increased dramatically.

New Orleans students are closing the achievement gap with peers across the state.

Students who scored at grade level or above on state assessments

ACT Scores are up.

The Class of 2015 scored the highest in New Orleans history on the ACT, giving students more options after high school.

50%
55%
85%
95%

Appx. percent of seniors that took the ACT

New Orleans has nearly eliminated failing schools.

In 2004, 60% of New Orleans students – some 40,000 children – went to a school in the bottom tenth of all Louisiana public schools based on state-issued performance scores (SPS). In 2014, just 13% attended these schools.

NOLA students attending failing schools

Academic performance among black students has improved.

Performance

Black students—typically underserved in traditional public schools—are outperforming their peers statewide on assessments.

Students who scored at grade level or above on state assessments

2014 Graduation Rate

Black males in New Orleans are graduating at rates higher than their peers across Louisiana, and the country as a whole.

Schools are supporting students with special needs.

For generations, New Orleans struggled to provide adequate educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Autonomous schools are making tremendous progress, but we know that this is only the beginning.

Performance

Students who scored at grade level or above on state assessments

2014 Graduation Rate

The Road Ahead

We don’t confuse progress with success.

New Orleans has made impressive progress, but only 1-in-5 students perform at “Mastery” level
—a key indicator of college readiness in elementary and middle school.